September 11, 2001 the world changed forever. On this day terrorists attacked the United States, hijacking four airplanes in mid-flight. The terrorists flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City, the impact causing the buildings to catch fire and collapse. Another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and the fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol but passengers on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their goal. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks as the world watched on in horror. The events of this morning have reverberated around the world for more than a decade, and last year shocking firsthand footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks went viral once again, and it remains as powerful and chilling today as it did 15 years ago.
The visceral video is one of the most historic accounts of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and was filmed by a college student from a nearby dormitory. Unwittingly she became a major part of documenting the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
On the other side of the world we awoke to news of the attacks. Watching the events unfold was surreal, and I sat transfixed, tears pouring down my face. The raw images were graphic and horrific, and the playing of “Overcome” by Live, with Ground Zero footage was heartbreaking. It is an extremely powerful ballad, and proceeds from its sales were donated to charities to help victims.
This song will forever be synonymous in my mind with the day the world was overcome by evil.
“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”